Senior Manager – Process Optimization, Kellogg

Kellogg Company is the world’s leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods. With a diverse portfolio of brands, you’ll find Kellogg products such as cereal, crackers, cookies, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles, veggie foods, and more, in over 180 countries.

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Title:  Senior Manager – Process Optimization


Manager- Process, R&D

This is an excellent opportunity to learn and nourish you and be part of passionate R&D team at Kellogg as R&D process manager. This role require to develop R&D process related requirement for new product / current products and scale up process to commercial level .

This role will also help identify cost saving opportunities in the manufacturing process/equipment. Process knowledge sharing and develop process excellence by sharing new trends/research/equipment /technology in process & collaboration with external partners /vendors will also be part of this role. Excellent technical understanding of process, manufacturing and equipment is key capabilities along with good people skills and able to collaborate teams within Kellogg and vendors.

Role responsibilities

  • Assess process requirement of new and existing product / pack and alignment with manufacturing team.
  • Successful commercialization of products based on process specifications.
  • Process capability mapping and scan process for area of improvement to bring better quality and operational friendly safe process .
  • Demonstrate technical & scientific expertise about unit operation , product flow , and equipment  to help current up-to date with  latest developments and technology upgradation in this area .
  • Carryout process benchmarking of current Kellogg process with external . Recommend area of improvement and cost saving.
  • Recommend process and equipment requirement for new product/ improvement and equipment evaluation .
  • Support current Pilot plant process and equipment maintenance and pilot plant extension and related operation.
  • Work with regional/global teams to exchange information, knowledge in order to create a technical knowledge /expertise hub for process technology .

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Skills required.

Technical Expertise:

  • Industrial manufacturing process and unit operation understanding for food industry.
  • Good knowledge on equipment manufacturing process, installation and day to day operation .
  • Good knowledge of Material balance , energy balance and operational efficiency assessment for food and packaging area
  • Pilot plant maintenance and management

People  expertise

  • Demonstrate strong networking, communication, collaboration & negotiation skills.
  • Develops the plan for preparation of proposal, business ROI (return on investment), milestone & quantifiable measurement metrices for collaborative projects.  Provides significant input toward resolving conflicts in the project timeline.  Manages conflicts between timelines, stakeholders & internal/external service providers.
  • Demonstrates creativity, foresight, and mature technical judgment to generate many alternative solutions even in tightly prescribed circumstances. 
  • Has the ability to proactively plan for potential barriers and pitfalls before they happen.  Achieves objectives even in the face of major resistance & challenging obstacles.
  • Communicates with external research and business partners, recognizing the appropriate level of disclosure to achieve business objectives while maintaining confidentiality.

Leveraging Resources

  • Proactively seeks out experts, both internally and externally to broaden skill sets and develop new competencies.
  • Coordinates activities between external and internal resources effectively.
  • Identifies and coordinates resources to solve technical problems in an efficient and timely manner.  Sets performance goals and provides clear and specific expectations.

Business Understanding

  • Leverages competitive set and competitor technology differences to provide competitive advantage and uniqueness.  Able to analyze competitive products to ascertain processes and formulations.
  • Remains well informed of state of the business unit in terms of net sales and market share for base brands as well as new product launches.
  • Leverages business knowledge to drive down project time/costs and anticipates obstacles affecting other business functions.
  • Critically assesses and challenges other function’s strategies as they relate to a project. 
  • Drives for continuous margin enhancement of new product portfolio. 
  • Ensures communication between development team and supply chain to facilitate cost effective products.


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  • Contributes high impact insight and recommendations to the development of plans and strategies for RQT.   Serves leadership role in making improvements to policies and processes within the department
  • Functions as an integral part of the R&T team, participating in the management and development of the department, selecting, evaluating, and prioritizing the project work.
  • Capable of developing and managing programs within a business unit and directing R&D efforts involving the implementation of new technology for the company.
  • Takes a firm and confident stance to uphold Quality image standards.  Appropriately addresses both project and non-project related quality issues when encountered.
  • Evaluates opportunities for product or process creation and improvement based on business unit or departmental direction

Professional qualification and Experience

This job typically requires a Graduate Food Technology/ Food Science/ Food engineering /Engineering with minimum 6 years’ experience in handling manufacturing /R&D /R&D/R&D process. Experience of equipment manufacturing, line /equipment installation will be appreciated .

The incumbent must possess leadership, cost consciousness, communication skills, and diplomacy that will promote good relations with all facets of management and other technical and scientific disciplines in the effective execution of projects to accomplish Corporate and Area objectives and demanding schedules.

This individual must be able to function Independently and collaborate with cross functional team.

Work Environment

Travel to, and work in, manufacturing or test facilities is typically required 30- 40 percent of the time.  Also, projects may require working beyond the normal workday hours, shift work, and on weekends.  Operation of process equipment may be necessary.

Key Relationships

  • Reports to – Director R&D ( South Asia),
  • Supervises- Currently individual contributor.
  • Peer Relationship: Cross functional BU team , BU R&D team & R&D COE Team . Higher level of collaboration will be required with commercial function,, Supply chain including manufacturing & quality,  Regulatory,  Finance, Packaging development .
  • External contacts include, institutes, vendors, co-manufacturers and equipment suppliers.

Location – Penval, Maharashtra

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